In 2010, the final year of her eight-year run as governor of Hawaii, Republican Linda Lingle earned $117,306. In July, she’ll start earning $198,000 annually as chief operating officer for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, the newspaper reported.
Lingle is already working for Rauner on a $60,000 contract that runs from April to June.
Rauner calls Lingle a “superstar” and says he’s willing to pay big salaries to experts who will help “fix the state,” the newspaper reported.
She’s not his highest-paid aide — that designation goes to his education czar, who pulls in $250,000 annually.
Lingle was governor of Hawaii from 2002 to 2010, then made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Then-Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle stands next to her portrait during its unveiling, Nov. 22, 2010.
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